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Decisions needed, not inactionPosted Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 12:51 PM
Shelbyville and Bedford County are becoming paralyzed by inaction.
Two issues in the news over the past week prove it.
The Bedford County Planning Commission voted 6-2 " to take no action whatsoever on the issue" of large animal feeding operations, i.e. poultry houses, Tuesday night with three other planners abstaining.
Meanwhile, the operators of Heritage Medical Center wants nearly $100,000 back it paid the city three years ago for a traffic signal that hasn't been placed on U.S. 231 North. The city council continues to talk about doing something.
Talk. No action.
Our city and county are stagnating while -- and, probably, because -- elected representatives spend too much time arguing with each other and breaking into factions rather than finding common ground. In the end, no action is taken. This happens far too often, and on more than just the above issues.
Unfortunately, problems can't just be ignored or wished away.
Today public discussion seems to be driven by the need for individuals or factions to be proven right, and to force the "other side" into submission, rather than working together to find working solutions.
I'd like to think most, if not, all, of our elected and appointed represenatives have our best interests at heart.
Over the past few months Shelbyville's gained new industries, and Bedford County is poised to pick up outflow growth from population centers to our near-north.
We're in a good position compared to many other areas of the nation. Decisions on how we handle -- and protect -- that relatively-good fortune can make a world of difference.
But it'll take people who are willing to make decisions instead of simply doing nothing. Take a stand.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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